Our Young Women's Academy is held during the 9-months between high school graduation & the start of university when girls are at greatest risk of dropping out due to family pressure to find jobs or contribute to household chores, early marriage, male predators, or unplanned pregnancy. In developing countries, they are least likely to have access to resources needed to advance their own solutions to social issues impacting women & girls & to be able to envision a future that includes university.
We help participants turn their own ideas for social change into sustainable community-based organizations addressing priority issues facing women and girls and learn their own potential to lead social change. They learn financial management, creative problem solving, public speaking, conscious leadership, mindfulness practices, and other entrepreneurial skills. As they gain confidence & develop as leaders, they are less likely to succumb to pressures that may derail their dreams for the future.
Girls who are educated are less likely to become pregnant or marry young; their earning potential increases; they stay healthier. Education helps break the cycle of poverty. Our Academy also helps young women awaken their innate leadership abilities, value their own unique insights and ideas, and learn to drive sustainable social change in their communities. 15-17 young women who initiate social change projects in their community will reach 1,000 others through multiple ripples of impact.
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